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Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, Fiordland.

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Five fun things to do in Gore

While it may be a small country town in the heart of Southland, Gore does not live up to its parochial reputation. Discover internationally renowned art, beautiful public gardens, incredible heritage aircraft; learn about the history of illegal whisky-making and try your hand at some of the best fly fishing spots in the world.  Read the story . . . 

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Hollyford Valley: not your average walk

While less popular than the nearby Milford and Routeburn tracks, Hollyford Valley is nonetheless one of the South Island’s great tramping experiences. Read the story . . . 

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Must Do's: South Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Start planning your next road trip with great attractions, accommodation and things to see and do in the South Island with our full 2022 Must-Do's travel guide. Read or download it here! Read the story . . . 

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Lake Gunn Nature Walk

Enjoy walking an easy loop track through red beech forest and alongside Lake Gunn, beginning from Milford Road. Read the story . . . 

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Adventure in style on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

Explore the southern coast of Southland on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track.  Read the story . . . 

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Doubtful Sound: powerful serenity

The most obviously dubious aspect of Doubtful Sound is its name because as everyone knows, it’s actually a fiord, carved from the mountains by the action of a glacier long since gone the way of a Fruju in high summer.  Read the story . . . 

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Six scenic spots to discover in the Catlins

The Catlins, the remote south-eastern corner of Southland, is comprised of bucolic farmland and pockets of beautiful bush, edged with wild coastline. Plan a visit if you’re looking for somewhere to really get away from it all.  Read the story . . . 

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Te Anau to Milford Sound Piopiotahi Highway: the journey into the heart of Fiordland

If you want to take in Fiordland’s wilderness, vastness and beauty without being drenched in that seemingly perpetual rain, take the Piopiotahi Highway. Read the story . . . 

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Head offshore to Ulva Island

Ulva Island, a 266-hectare island sanctuary is set in Paterson Inlet, just off the north-eastern coast of Stewart Island. Read the story . . . 

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Get lakeside at Manapōuri

At 444 metres, Fiordland’s Lake Manapōuri is the second deepest lake in New Zealand.   Read the story . . . 

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Southern Scenic Route: Queenstown to Dunedin

If you get as far as Te Anau, it’d be rude not to keep going, don't you reckon, and explore the deep south.  Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Te Anau

Visit Te Anau in Fiordland to get up close with rare native birds, experience cinematic landscapes, cruise New Zealand’s second largest lake, stay in unusual accommodation and learn fascinating facts . . . Read the story . . . 

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